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Unmuddied waters

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We’ve had extremely poor internet at Wings HQ since Thursday of last week, which our telecomms company is trying to get to the bottom of. (We’re typing this on an iPhone via very flaky 4G.)

We’ll be back with you ASAP. In the meantime, we’re busy being baffled by this recent assertion from the Financial Times.

Via Peter A Bell
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Peter A Bell's curator insight, February 5, 6:19 AM

This snippet from the Financial Times perfectly illustrates the principal weapon deployed by Better Together/Project Fear during the first independence referendum campaign -  doubt.

 

The rules governing this form of negative propaganda are very simple. Where there is doubt, exaggerate it. Take the normal uncertainties of life and massively overstate them. Hyperbolise them. Use the media to make the commonplace incertitudes that would otherwise pass unnoticed loom huge, dark and ominous in the minds of voters.

 

Where there is no doubt, create it. There is nothing at all "contentious" about the post-independence division of mineral rights. The land and maritime borders defining Scotland's sovereign territory already exist. They are governed by international laws and conventions. Disputes are arbitrated by international bodies under well defined procedures. There is almost no scope for contentiousness. There is no meaningful doubt.

 

So lie about it! Create doubt where none exists. Where truth is inconvenient, manufacture a new truth which better serves the purposes of established power.

 

This is not to suggest a 'conspiracy' of any kind. It is vanishingly unlikely that there was an editorial meeting at which it was decided to purposefully generate doubt about ownership of oil in Scottish waters. It's actually worse than that. The British media now do this kind of thing instinctively.

 

The dishonesty of the British media is not necessarily intentional and actively malign. It is just as likely to be unthinking and passively contemptuous.

John McKay's curator insight, February 5, 4:18 PM
Project Fear #2 won’t work next time, because we’re ready for them. We will nail every lie. We will not suck it up & play nice. We will hammer the BBC every time they conduct a partial interview. We have reams & reams of evidence that BetterTogether lied & were in cahoots with the State Broadcaster. We will flood the BBC with complaints. At last, Nicola Sturgeon is getting tough with the right wing press. I expect her to get tougher. We’re ready. Feel our strength. 
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